Robert Archer

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ROBERT 'BOB' ARCHER, 51 LOVING AND BELOVED HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFAThER, SON-IN-LAW AND FRIEND ROCKFORD - Robert Gene Archer, 51, of Rockford was called from his home by The Father, his Savior, at 12:50 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2010. Bob was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1959, at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago. Just like his proud military parents, Ivan and Roberta (Null) Archer, Bob also served our U.S. Air Force. Bob was an avid outdoorsman. He loved his motorcycle and the Bears. He was a music fanatic, but mostly he loved to hunt, fish, boat, hike, and camp by himself in the wilderness. He enjoyed strapping his guitar and gear on his bike and riding off in the woods. He said that "being in his element" let him truly hear his music and get answers from his Savior. Bob met his wife, Candy, because she needed a musician to put music to song lyrics she had written. She would enter that song with its new music into the Bellamy Brothers amateur song-writing competition. Coming in third didn't stop them from becoming best friends. The Great and Mighty Boobala & Moe, as they were nicknamed, eloped to Stephenson County on April 29, 1991. With their children present and God as their witness, they vowed to love each other, through sickness and health, in good times and bad, through death and into Salvation. Bob worked 21 years as a cutter operator for Cellusuede Products to provide a wonderfully loving life for his children. Survived by his devoted wife, Candy (Shook) Archer; children, Melissa St. Angel of Colorado, Nathan Ray Little of South Bend, Ind., William Dean (Rachel Bliss) Little, Joshua Robert Archer and Jessica Noelle Archer, all of Rockford. He absolutely adored his granddaughters, Hailey, Angela and Allie, but was ecstatic when his grandson, William Dean Little II came on April 30, this year. Also survived by younger brothers, William Dean "Bill" Archer of Carmichael, Calif., and Christopher Howard Archer of Rockford; surrogate parents and in-laws, Melvin Dean and Mary Jean (Ennenga) Shook of Davis Junction; several nieces and nephews; and many wonderful and loving friends. He'll be missed the most by his three best friends, his dogs, Cinder, Bo and Buddy. Predeceased by his parents. Service at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with Pastor John Guthrie officiating. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Private family burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To send a condolence, visit
Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2010